Heads up, this article will contain MINOR SPOILERS for Dragon Ball FighterZ. Nothing major, just a few easter eggs and funny cutscenes.

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Dragon Ball fans and fighting game aficionados alike have been waiting what seems like forever, but the moment is finally here. The intense 3v3 fighter Dragon Ball FighterZ is about to hit video game consoles, and the hype is almost unsustainable. What makes DBFZ so special? I dunno dude, have you like, seen this game?

Arc System Works and Bandai Namco have made what is without a doubt the best looking Dragon Ball game ever. Hell, visually speaking, this is probably the most accurate anime-to-video-game translation in the entire medium. The flashy effects and meticulously cel-shaded character models are wonderful, but it's the attention to detail that puts DBFZ on another level. Though the game hasn't technically been released as of this writing, scores of easter eggs and deep cut references have already been found. You can really tell that the developers care about getting Dragon Ball right. 

Twitter and YouTube users like mizumaki_7 and IKevinX have been scouring every inch of footage they can get their hands on, and their findings are impressive. It seems as though almost every move in the game can be directly tied back to exact same maneuvers seen in the anime, and even the original manga series. 

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The dedication to the source material seems like it'll be one of the best parts of DBFZ, so we've collected some of the best matching morsels fans have found. 

1. Right off the bat, fans will likely notice Goku's transformation in the game is ripped straight from the opening of the Dragon Ball Z anime.


2. The character introductions seem like the most reliable place to spot a reference. Here's Majin Buu entering the scene in the game...

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...compared to Buu's debut in the anime...

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...and finally, the original manga

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3. The game often sticks closer to the manga rather than the anime, which makes sense when you consider what came first

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4. The most lavish and indulgent references come only when special conditions are met. For instance, this happens when Gohan fights Cell on a certain level

It's more or less an exact remake of the scene from the anime/manga where Gohan first achieves Super Saiyan 2


5. The details are striking -- you can pinpoint the moment Gohan snaps in the game...

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...the anime...

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...and the manga

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6. Trunks killing Frieza is in the game too...

Brilliant Details Packed into the New Dragon Ball Game

...but it looks a little different than the anime and the manga

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As it turns out, the glowing slice marks in the game might be a callback to the recent DBZ movie "Resurrection of F"

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7. Cutscenes aside, it's still pretty great to see single panels in the comics make their way into part of a full-fledged moveset in a fighting game


8. I have never seen more canonically faithful elbows in my life


9. Gotta admit, seeing this again makes me want to practice this move in my bedroom again-- I mean, definitely for the first time


10. No stack of Dragon Ball references would be complete without a nod to the now-classic meme that is Yamcha's death pose

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Play your cards right in DBFZ, and you can actually help Yamcha turn the tables on Nappa

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You know what? I take back all my positive comments about DBFZ's reverence for the source material. Any game where Yamcha can win like this doesn't respect the canon.